Sources suggest that Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is ready to turn his attention to German playmaker, Mario Goetze, after deeming Wesley Sneijder too expensive.
The Red Devils were favourites to land the 27 year-old Holland international, but were put off by his massive wage demands.
United are keen to sign an attacking midfielder to replace the retired Paul Scholes, but the emergence of Tom Cleverley has prompted some to question whether they need to purchase another midfielder at all.
Borussia Dortmund have previously stamped a ‘not for sale’ sign on Goetze, but the Premier League champions may be tempted to make an offer after the 19 year-old showcased his talents in Germany’s 3-2 win over Brazil last week, where he scored his first international goal.
Ferguson has already signed three youngsters this summer Goetze, who is valued at around £20m, may prove a valuable fourth as the Scot builds a youthful team for the future.